This rare 1936-built Dragon (ex G-EACZ and RAF AV982) is painted to resemble Aer Lingus' very first aircraft, EI-ABI "Iolar", which flew the airline's first service in July 1936. Unfortunately that aircraft was shot down by the Luftwaffe in June 1941. Aer Lingus obtained this Dragon in 1967 for their Historic Flight, initially registered as EI-AFK but already painted as EI-ABI. It was officially registered to them as EI-ABI in Aug 1985, and transferred to the Aer Lingus Charitable Foundation in Feb 2011. It carries the foundation's logo on the engines.
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